I’ve heard of Zoe Ann before, as I’ve seen her name on the websites of some of the Dallas area clubs when she has played them. That’s all I knew about her, though, and when I went to her page, I was immediately ready to write her off as a pop singer, in the vein of those Disney stars. I couldn’t have been any more wrong. She and her band have a superb rock/alt rock sound, with hard-hitting, catchy melodies, while Zoe’s voice has a great range to it, and at times sounds quite fierce (i.e. “Burning Hollywood”). (I would even go as far as to use the word “impeccable” to describe it.) And though she’s only a teenager, the songs, lyrically speaking, have a real sense of maturity to them. Remember that name, because this is one artist you should definitely keep an eye on.
Upon first listening to Late Nite Reading, via the song clips on iTunes, they sounded pretty good. They combine an even amount of pop and punk into their music, sure it’s nothing new, but they do a good job at it. Then I previewed the single, a re-make of “On Mainstreet”, from their forthcoming record. It sounded great. They’ve polished and refined their sound in a relatively short time. Further surprising me, finding out the members are only juniors and sophomores in high school, making it pretty impressive that kids of that age are creating such good stuff.
If you like mainstream/commercial music, then this Johannesburg based band is for you. Zoey’z Fallacy blends a good mix of pop and rock, as well a little bit of some indie sounds. In listening to the song clips, most of their stuff is pretty upbeat and catchy, while in contrast, one song, “Wishing My life Away”, has a real melancholy vibe. It’s all around pretty good stuff.
Country music is growing on me, but the one type I truly dislike is the Nashville brand of country music. Bands who claim they’re country, however they’re everything but. Now, Breelan Angel does have more of the Nashville sound to her music, but I find her to be an exception to that. The music does sound a bit more poppy or even slightly rock, but there are bits of country thrown into it as well. She also has a very good country twang to her voice. Some of the songs are kind of sorrowful, as any good country tune should be, and the lyrics are pretty honest, as she sings in “I’ll Miss You”, “…It feels so good to not love you anymore…”.
In listening to singer/songwriter, Rachel Kays, she comes across as a mature songwriter. Her voice has a well rounded sound and from listening to the song clips, her music, lyrically, sounds fairly deep. So it’s surprising to learn she is only 16 years old. The majority of her songs are more in the singer/songwriter vein, which comes across as her forte, though some of the other tunes are a bit more experimental. “Girls Like You” is more of an R&B tune, and an excellent one at that, while “Left Me Hanging” has a bit of a electronic sound in the background, and both of those songs show there’s more to her music than meets the eye.